With a few years of government experience in public affairs and policy-making under her belt, Hagar Chemali, CEO of Greenwich Media Strategies, is able to bring her knowledge directly into the work she does. She has some advice for those who plan to start their own embark on her own ventures, following the path she did.
The road to success
Chemali believes you need to put in your time, so to speak. It goes without saying that the reason she has the knowledge she does is because of her experience. She believes you shouldn’t feel entitled starting out, as it really does take a while to reach a point where you’ve got experience and knowledge. You shouldn’t be afraid, however, to “ask for projects,” she says. Things won’t be handed to you if you’re inactive and stationary. There’s clearly a balance to be had, especially in the early stages of your career.
Chemali is a proponent of individuals working for themselves – after all, in the digital age, many people are able to bypass traditional business structures and work with clients directly. In fact, she initially started the work she does now on the side, working it into her schedule. She found that she liked doing it and that it was taking up a fair bit of time. This could just as easily happen to anyone else. For Chemali, it was a natural extension of what she was already doing. If that’s the case with your freelancing, understand that it has the potential to turn into a career.
Doing what you love doesn’t mean quitting your day job. If you happen to love your day job, you can still do it – you even can do it working for yourself! Freelancing services exist, but if what you offer is compelling enough and you’ve got clients, consider starting your own venture. It won’t be far beyond your reach.
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